Federal Trade Commission & National Gallery Consolidation

Federal Trade Commission & National Gallery of Art Consolidation Proposal

Saving Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

A proposal in the 112th Congress to relocate the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to more efficient, modern office space, ensure that taxpayers do not have to foot the bill for renovating the FTC's aging headquarters, and eliminate the need for the National Gallery of Art to lease additional space will save taxpayers nearly $300 million dollars.

Currently, the FTC is headquartered at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, in the federally-owned building known as the Apex Building.  The Apex Building, across Constitution Avenue from the National Gallery of Art, is in need of renovation and cannot accommodate all of the FTC’s office space needs.  Relocating the FTC employees from the Apex Building to more efficient, consolidated space in Washington, DC will help the agency achieve greater efficiencies, better utilize space in the federal inventory, and ensure that taxpayers do not have to pay for renovating the aging Apex Building.

The National Gallery of Art, which is a federal entity and a repository for many of our nation's cultural treasures, cannot currently meet all of its space requirements at its primary museum facility.  The federal government leases additional space to address the Gallery's needs.

FTC Apex building & National Gallery of Art
The Apex building, lower left, across from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

This proposal will consolidate and move these federal entities into more efficient space, transfer the Apex Building to the National Gallery of Art while retaining federal ownership of the building, ensure that the Gallery funds the necessary renovations of the Apex building with private donations rather than taxpayer dollars, eliminate the need for the Gallery to continue leasing additional space to meet its needs, and significantly improve the Gallery's ability to store, display and share with millions of visitors the works of art gifted to the nation.

Additional Information:

  • Washington Post Op-Ed "A Monumental Core Building in Need of Recycling" by Chairman Mica and Rep. James Moran
  • Committee Resolution to reduce facility costs by consolidating National Gallery of Art and Federal Trade Commission operations in the District of Columbia; this resolution summarizes the many benefits of the proposal
  • February 16, 2011 Press Release: Taxpayers Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars with FTC-National Gallery of Art Measures
  • May 2, 2011 Letter from Chairman Mica to the Congressional Budget Office expressing concerns about CBO's score of the proposal 

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